Canon recently launched much awaited professional camcorders, the XF305 and XF300, each capable of recording 1920 x 1080 Full HD video in MPEG2 4:2:2 50Mbps Canon XF codec. The company’s latest camcorders come with hot swappable dual UDMA CF card slots, Canon 18x HD L-series lenses and Canon’s latest DIGIC DV III image processor.
Designed with input from professional users, the XF305 and XF300 use a MXF (Material Exchange Format), a widely supported open source format, to maximise compatibility with exising industry infrastructure and Non-Linear Editing (NLE) systems. Genuine Canon 18x HD L-series lens offers an optical image stabilization system, providing documentary filmmakers and news camera operators with the focal-range versality required in the field.
Each of the new models also comes with a 4 inch 1.23 megapixel LCD preview screen that can be positioned on either side of the camera. Other features include a built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope and well as dual XLR indputs for external audio sources.
To maximise the camcorders adaptability across various production environments, Canon equipped each model with the ability to record at multiple bit rates, resolution and variable frame rates for slow and fast motion.
Canon lenses are already favoured by the majoruty of broadcasters, providing outstanding resolution, contrast and low chromatic aberration. The new XF305 and XF300 features an Lseries HD Video Lens, combining a 29.3mm wide-angle with fast maximum aperture and a versatile 18x zoom.
Previously only available in Canon broadcast TV lenses, the XF305 and XF300 also feature high index, ultra-low dispersion (Hi-UD) glass placed at the front of the lens path in order to suppress chromatic aberration.
Hi-UD combines with ultra-low dispersion (UD), ultra-high refractive index aspherical (UA) and two double sided aspherical elements, providing sharp, detailed images, free from chromatic aberration.
Engineered using the highest quality Canon optical components, the lens has been designed to perfectly complement canon’s 3CMOS sensor system, capturing up to 1000 TV lines of horizontal resolution. A new image stabilizer (IS) system offers three modes of stabilisation Standart, Dynamic, and Powered providing impressive camera shake correction.
Both XF models features a wide range of user customisation options, providing unmatched versality and flexibility. Users can configure up to 28 Custom Picture parameters, controlling more than 50 individual, image-related variables. XF operators can also assign one of 30 individual functions to each of 13 customisable buttons, allowing them to optimise the camcorder for their personal shooting preferences, enviromental or stylistic considerations.
Up to nine customised pictures can be store to each body, including three protected settings supplied as standard – VIDEO.C, CINE.V, and CINE.F. Preferred settings can be saved and transferred from one camcorder to another via SDHC cards.